Bill O’Reilly didn’t take long to reveal his big *cough* comeback plan.
Fox News unceremoniously sacked the 20-year prime-time news icon only last week. Today, he announced his next move.
So where does the king of cable news go after a dominating two-decade run at the top? When Megyn Kelly departed Fox News last year, she landed at NBC, where she’ll unveil the network’s “60 Minutes” style Sunday news show in June of this year. Another Fox refugee, Greta Van Susteren, landed at sister network MSNBC and is already back on the air.
O’Reilly, who reportedly received a $25 million buy-out from the network to just go away, should presumably be able to write his own ticket. Like a star athlete in free agency, you’d think he’d be able to command top dollar from any of the big media outlets, right?
Well, not exactly. Bill has instead decided to take his talents to the iTunes Store.
He plans to expand his existing semi-regular “No Spin News” podcast into something more, well, it’s not yet clear.
“As we develop the website, we’ll have guests and things like that, and this will become longer and longer and longer, into a genuine news program,” he said on Monday’s edition released early this evening. “That’s the vision right now.”
Liberals are shaking in their boots as we speak!
He also addressed his dumping from Fox News for the first time – something O’Reilly insists was more of a mutual break-up:
“I am sad that I’m not on television anymore. I was very surprised how it all turned out. I can’t say a lot, because there’s much stuff going on right now. But I can tell you that I’m very confident the truth will come out, and when it does, I don’t know if you’re going to be surprised – but I think you’re going to be shaken, as I am. There’s a lot of stuff involved here.”
O’Reilly has offered his podcast free to his site’s $49.95-paying premium members for some time. This week, though, he’s offering it to everyone for free.
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